Snail Shell

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Music video for "Snail Shell"

song name Snail Shell
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Back To Skull, Snail Shell (Single), John Henry, Direct From Brooklyn, Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants, John Henry + Factory Showroom, 50,000,000 They Might Be Giants Songs Can't Be Wrong
year 1994
first played December 3, 1993 (209 known performances)
run time 3:20
sung by John Linnell, John Flansburgh harmonizes


  • The music video was directed by Nico Beyer and was shot in Berlin, Germany.
  • According to Brian Doherty, "This song was a Linnell composition and there was a lot of hope in the Giants’ camp that it would match the success of Birdhouse In Your Soul."[1] He elaborated on the song's video in 2010:[2]
We traveled to East Berlin to shoot this video in a television museum. In it, you’ll notice that I never open my eyes. For some reason, the director insisted that I play with my eyes closed, as a way of conveying intensity and drama. Ha? What? Anyway…did you notice the dude in the electric chair? The original script read that this guy’s character would get his head shaved on an operating table before going to the electric chair. When it came to shooting the scene, the actor cried like a baby as the electric shavers turned on. The director took pity and omitted the part where the guy gets his head shaved.

Song Themes

Animals, Body Parts, Falling, Friendship, Gender Issues, Gratitude, Hands, Questions, The Senses, Titles And Honorifics


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